There are two pathways within the Connect programme. These pathways are designed as a multiple-year full-time study programme that is designed to support learners with profound, complex and multiple disabilities. All students have support throughout the college day and follow a modulated and individualised approach.
The weekly timetable includes music, shopping for ingredients, cooking, IT, gardening, drama and art. Work-related activity such as volunteering opportunities and understand the world of work. These activities formalise the learner’s journey and allow them to build personal confidence within the study programme. This is achieved through their academic teaching, led by a designated course leader and working with Job Coaches, who will introduce aspects of the skills needed to develop ready for future employment opportunities. This study programme is not aimed at ensuring the learner is work ready but is there to inspire and develop self-esteem and confidence for future opportunity.
The core aim of this pathway is to help learners progress from the Personal Connect study programme. On this programme, the students access community-related learning courses and develop skills in working with others and accessing local amenities. This includes going into town, meeting new people, and learning about recreational activities and employment opportunities. Students will also study Maths and English and participate in work experience activities, working closely with the Employer Engagement Team and their Course Leader.